Stillbirths: why they matter

Frøen, J. Frederik, Cacciatore, Joanne, McClure, Elizabeth M., Kuti, Oluwafemi, Jokhio, Abdul Hakeem, Islam, Monir and Shiffman, Jeremy (2011) Stillbirths: why they matter. The Lancet, 377 9774: 1353-1366. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62232-5

Author Frøen, J. Frederik
Cacciatore, Joanne
McClure, Elizabeth M.
Kuti, Oluwafemi
Jokhio, Abdul Hakeem
Islam, Monir
Shiffman, Jeremy
Title Stillbirths: why they matter
Journal name The Lancet   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0140-6736
Publication date 2011-04-16
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62232-5
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 377
Issue 9774
Start page 1353
End page 1366
Total pages 14
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher The Lancet Publishing Group
Language eng
Abstract In this first paper of The Lancet's Stillbirths Series we explore the present status of stillbirths in the world from global health policy to a survey of community perceptions in 135 countries. Our findings highlight the need for a strong call for action. In times of global focus on motherhood, the mother's own aspiration of a liveborn baby is not recognised on the world's health agenda. Millions of deaths are not counted; stillbirths are not in the Global Burden of Disease, nor in disability-adjusted life-years lost, and they are not part of the UN Millennium Development Goals. The grief of mothers might be aggravated by social stigma, blame, and marginalisation in regions where most deaths occur. Most stillborn babies are disposed of without any recognition or ritual, such as naming, funeral rites, or the mother holding or dressing the baby. Beliefs in the mother's sins and evil spirits as causes of stillbirth are rife, and stillbirth is widely believed to be a natural selection of babies never meant to live. Stillbirth prevention is closely linked with prevention of maternal and neonatal deaths. Knowledge of causes and feasible solutions for prevention is key to health professionals' priorities, to which this Stillbirths Series paper aims to contribute.
Keyword Neonatal Death
Reproductive Health
Maternal Mortality
Psychosocial Care
Safe Motherhood
Global Health
Rural Malawi
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Mater Research Institute-UQ (MRI-UQ)
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